America sets new record for drug overdose deaths

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Addiction to synthetic drugs such as fentanyl and crystal meth raised the death toll to 107,622 in 2021.

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Compulsory closure of drug abuse centers has not helped the crisis.Sarah YeniseliEFE

Far from stopping it, this pandemic has added to the second growing epidemic that a power like the United States has faced for decades. Opioid overdose deaths hit a new record 107,622, 15% higher in 2020 than in 2021On an upward curve from the 1970s that only stopped increasing in 2018, according to preliminary data published by the US Centers for Control and Prevention of Infectious Diseases (CDC). https://www.elmundo.es /international/ 2017/10 /26/59f24431e2704e654c8b4887.html

Part of the blame for this silent tragedy lies with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that Big Pharma began producing as an intravenous anesthetic in the late 1950s and which today is released in large quantities from secret laboratories across the country. Is. There is no big city in America, whose one or many neighborhoods are not shaken by the havoc of this medicine., It can be up to 100 times more potent than heroin and is much cheaper and more widely available.

an important part of what did the overdose deaths have to do with that substance, Sometimes mixed with methamphetamine or heroin, in doses so high as to be irreversible as well as undesirable for the user. The fact of being a white powder makes it easy to camouflage or mix with other substances such as Herona, Kokana O crystal meth, In addition to being distributed in counterfeit Xanax pills and other drugs.

Total, 71,000 people lost their lives due to the effects of synthetic drug22% increase compared to 58,000 deaths in 2020 crystal25,000 to 33,000, an increasingly cheaper and more lethal product.

both are growing At an unusual pace according to experts. It is an interconnected drug epidemic that is adding to the number of health crises that have reached the White House. President Joe Biden He has mentioned the skyrocketing number of cases on several occasions and a few weeks ago he presented the first National Drug Control Plan. The pandemic has only intensified the urgency: The number of deaths has increased by almost 50% between 2019 and 2021,

“This is certainly a continuation of a terrible trend,” said National Institute on Drug Abuse director Dr. Nora Volkow said. “The Overdose death rates have been rising for decadesCOVID-19 in the US is growing in unprecedented numbers just before the start of the pandemic.”

Epidemic as an obstacle to overcome the problem

las Mandatory quarantine increased the problemPartly due to mandatory closure of help centers toxicmanosA crisis that some experts believe should not be treated sparingly, but with resources that help detect the presence of fentanyl For example, in certain doses. even with him naloxone use by police officers, a drug that Quickly reverses an opioid overdose And that they can help with supplies in an emergency.

but for now The pandemic is increasingly lurking from coast to coast in the United States, Even in Alaska they recorded an alarming number of overdoses, 245, a 75% increase from the previous year, the highest rate nationally. In Hawaii, by contrast, the decline was 2%.

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